Feeding Herbs to Horses with Grain Allergies

By Loryhl Goodman Davis

Just as we have overfed ourselves with high fructose corn syrups and other rich carbohydrates, it is becoming more and more evident that we are overfeeding our horses with grains. Both are causing a lot of unnecessary health concerns.

One major health concern is grain allergies. Too much of a good thing, or even a little of an inappropriate thing, can cause a sensitivity, or develop later into a different type of disorder. Some symptoms of grain allergies are sore feet, arthritis, breathing trouble, skin and immune system problems, and other toxic reactions.

What can we do about this? We can change the diet to help clean and flush out toxins and rebuild healthy cells. We can start by feeding our horses more herbs instead of the regular grains. Herbs provide nutritional value too!

Here is one blend that can be used as a grain replacement and as a base for other natural foods and herbs. The ingredients can be purchased at your local health food store, feed store, and our Herbs of the World store:

- 1 cup parsley

- 1 cup sage

- 1 cup rosemary

- 1 cup thyme

- 1 - 2 lb. milk thistle seed

- 2 lb. ground flax meal

- 2 lb. beet pulp (some horses may be sensitive to beet pulp as well, so be mindful)

Directions - Feed ½ - 1 cup, 2 times daily, with other herbs as necessary (as always, get guidance from your herbalist and/or holistic veterinarian when feeding herbs). Provide grass hay and grass only as much as possible, until your horse has improved.

Some horses may need more time to flush the toxins out of their system and to rebalance. To see if all of the toxins have been flushed, some of the other foods can be carefully and gradually added back into the horse's diet. If there is an allergic reaction, stop the grains and this non-grain blend can be continued. Your holistic veterinarian may then suggest homeopathy, acupuncture/ pressure, or another alternative modality to help the horse regain balance and restore health.

We need to be mindful of our horses' hooves as well - by making sure the heels and the bulbs of the feet can expand, and the frog is not constricted. (For more information on hooves visit the www.naturalhorse.com archives and search the web for Barefoot Horse or Natural Trim.)

About the author:

Loryhl has been a practicing herbalist for 24 years and formulates for her company, Herbs of the World. She lectures for numerous trade shows and organizations across North America. Her 5 children, horses, herbs, spiritual growth, travel, healthy adventure, knowledge and alternative therapies are her passions in life.

For more information:

Herbs of the World Inc., Headq Office
Loryhl Davis, Herbalist
205 S. Center St.
Salmon ID, 83467
208 756-1641

Herbs of the World, Eastern Office
200 Raritan Center Parkway
Edison, NJ 08837